Established U.S. Chief Technology Officer Position
The presidentâ€™s commitment to furthering our nation digitally has lead to the development of new roles in government, specifically related to technology. In April 2009, Obama named Aneesh Chopra as the first U.S. chief technology officer. As the face of the presidentâ€™s tech policy, Chopraâ€™s job is to ensure the newest technologies and latest advances are employed to make the federal government work better for the American people.
During the 2008 presidential race, Obama was able to tap into the power of social good, raising a record-setting $55 millionâ€”$45 million of which was raised onlineâ€”in less than 30 days. And, last month, President Obama raised $181 million with a large number of donations coming from the digital world. Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney raked in $170 million for the month.
Access to President Obama? Thereâ€™s An App For That
Obama is never further away than the distance between your hand and cell phone (translation: heâ€™s at your fingertips). He is the first president to have his own mobile app Obama for America. The app is a political organizing tool supporters can use to sign up for campaign events, donate money and learn more about voting in their respective districts.